June 4, 2019
Bronze Statue of Chris Cornell in front of the MoPOP
Some great musicians just leave this world way to early. R.I.P. Chris Cornell!
After lunch our next stop was at the Museum of Pop Culture also called MoPOP, formerly EMP Museum. The Museum has a lot to offer. Tons of exhibits, instruments, recordings, etc. Katelynn and Sara spent some time in the Indie Game Revolution room, playing some older video games. In the meantime, I enjoyed photographing the Guitar Sculpture, which I also call “The Guitar Tornado”. It sure does look like a big instrumental tornado. It also includes other instruments, like keyboards, trumpets, clarinets, drums, …
MoPOP big screen for music videos
A wall in the Indie Game Revolution
Electric guitars and bass are a part of the Guitar Tornado
Bass Guitar Bridge & Saddle
The Guitar Tornado photographed from the upper level
The Guitar Tornado from above
Upstairs, Katelynn, Sara and I played some instruments. Wow, I had some serious fun playing drums to a Rolling Stone song. First the video did show me, how to play the drums, which made me play out rhythm a little bit. But once, I “played with the band”, it was fun. I guess, I had to hear all instruments coming together. It made it easier sticking with the rhythm .
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Katelynn plays drums, bongos and other lud drumming instruments on the drum table.
But we’ve also visited some of the exhibits. it was very interesting to look at some original instruments, clothes, journals, and other items, Nirvana, Prince and Jimi Hendrix used in the recording studios and on tour. UGH! May they all rest in peace!
Nirvana – Taking Punk to the Masses
The exhibition features instruments like Kurt Cobain’s Fender Stratocaster, Krist Novoselić’s Hiwatt DR103 bass amplifier head, and Dave Grohl’s Tama Rockstar-Pro drum kit. In addition, a diverse set of objects like the Cobain-created Fecal Matter shirt and the casting call flier for the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video will be on display.
Nirvana -Taking Punk to the Masses
Some of the tour photos and doodles on one of the Nirvana tours
Some doodles are intense.
Fanclub letter and items for the club members
Prince From Minneapolis
From the very beginning of his career, Prince worked to create a unique and dynamic professional image. He reached out to photographers in Minneapolis to construct and disseminate what is now his legendarily theatrical image and identity. Four of those photographers—Allen Beaulieu, Nancy Bundt, Terry Gydesen, and Robert Whitman—are showcased in this exhibition. With nearly 50 artifacts, including 25 photos of Prince, 15 Prince-inspired artworks, a Prince guitar, and 2 outfits from the film Purple Rain, this comprehensive gallery allows guests to experience Prince’s unrivaled artistry at key moments in his career.
Prince’s Cloud Guitar
Prince in Minneapolis, Minnesota back in 1977
Prince in the early 1980s
The outfit Prince wore on the Purple Rain Tour in 1984 – 1985
Prince painted all over the wall
Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966 – 1970
From his arrival in London to his untimely death on September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix was rarely in one place for more than a month. Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970 offers a contemplative look at the period of Hendrix’s life spent on the road as he catapulted to fame.
Hendrix in London, UK in 1967
Hendrix’s notes in New York
Electric Lady Studio
Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad 1966 – 1970
Jimi Hendrix US Tour
Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame
Explore the lives and legacies of the genre’s greatest in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors science fiction and fantasy’s leading creators and most impactful creations.
MoPOP Bar across from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame
Indiana Jones Jacket
J.K. Rowling was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2017
Planets of the Apes Costume
Hat worn by Maggie Smith in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone movie in 2001
Katelynn and Sara in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame Exhibit
Texts of the exhibits are not from me, but from the official website: https://www.mopop.org/exhibitions-plus-events/
… to be continued …